Irish Studies Semester Program
Dates: Every Fall Semester
Same as JBU plus approximately $1,700 for flight, book rental and administration fee
John Brown University operates a semester-long program in Northern Ireland. Each fall, fifteen JBU students live in JBU's own Lakeside Manor, just four miles outside of Belfast, for a semester of study and travel throughout Ireland. Students earn fifteen hours of university credit toward their core curriculum and/or major requirements.
Courses Offered (15 Credit Hours):
Hadden Wilson BBL 4043 Christian Life
A writing-intensive course designed to encourage critical and reflective thought about Christian formation. The Core Curriculum's significant role in Christian formation is considered. Works of St. Patrick and C.S. Lewis are presented as a basis for student reflection and as guides to Christian living. Students visit historical sites significant to each of these men and develop an understanding of their writings and contributions to the Christian faith. Visits to local churches give students opportunity to observe the present-day church in Ireland and to enjoy fellowship with Irish believers of various denominations.
Hadden Wilson RPH 3003 Introduction to Philosophy
A survey of the main areas of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of religion. Students should develop their critical reading skills, their ability to analyze difficult but rewarding philosophical texts, and their ability to advance a single, clear argument on philosophical issues. Additionally, students should become more comfortable speaking about philosophical problems and concerns, and they should know more about the relationship between the Christian faith and contemporary philosophy.
James McKeown BBL 3003 Essentials of Evangelical Theology
Evangelical Theology is a study of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, including Scripture, the triune God, salvation, the Church, creation, and the eternal Kingdom. The unity of divine revelation and the contemporary applicability of the Scriptures are emphasized. By studying the method of theological formation, students should be able to discern primary and secondary theological concepts and apply them properly to their personal lives as well as to their involvement in the Church and the world.
Philip Orr EGL 4043 Irish Literature
A reading-intensive overview of the literary history of Ireland through examination of selected works of Irish writers, poets and playwrights such as William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, C. S. Lewis, and others. A scholarly paper is required.
Amanda Croft ART 2543 Irish Art & Culture
A study of Irish art forms such as painting, sculpture, architecture, and film. Special attention is given to the connection between art forms and Irish history and culture. As part of the Irish Studies Program, the course combines academic course work with visits to important cultural sites in Ireland as well as guest lecturers from contemporary artists.
Team Size: TBD
Professors: An all-Irish faculty will instruct courses
Location: Lakeside Manor, Belfast
For More Information, contact:
Melissa Dea Stevenson
International Education Coordinator
John Brown University
NOTE: It's always best to check with your advisor and the designated campus contact for the program you are interested in, BEFORE you apply. They can help you work out details like credit transfer and financial aid.